From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain. In Strassman's volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits. Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives. Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by René Descartes to be the seat of the soul.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence. Strassman also believes that so-called alien abduction experiences are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.
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"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)
I recommend this book to anyone I think might read it. Powerful imagery, touching stories, and valuable knowledge of the history of psychedelic drugs are just the beginning.
This book does not compare well to other works of literature. It has the somewhat dry, detailed explanation of procedures from Dr. Strassman himself, while at the same time encompassing a vast array of well worded vision and meaningful storyline.
Arthur Morey is fantastic. I have owned hard copies of this book before, and I absolutely prefer to hear it read by Mr. Morey than to read it myself.
If I were the director of a film based upon the notes contained in this book, the title would assuredly be
Check it out. This book will give you a broader sense of not only drugs, psychology, the brain, religion, society, etc. But will give you a deeper understanding (or questioning) of reality in general, and how we perceive it.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I'd been wanting to listen to this book, but so many of the Consciousness study books bog me down with physics, philosophy, or science and I have quite a few that I am having to go back to again and again and still haven't finished because I either can't comprehend them or they are eye-glazers.
Thankfully, DMT The Spirit Molecule is written in an easy-to-understand narrative style. Of course, like many of the "left-brain" MD or PhD authors, the first few hours of the audio book are spent laying out a scientific and educational foundation on the topic to be covered. Defining terms, giving the history, and current state of things . . . then getting to what happened in their own work.
As with other books I've read by researchers, there is a lot of bureaucracy and some politics involved with studies done in areas at the edge of the accepted norm, and it is amazing any meaningful research ever gets done to push the "cutting-edge" out further. The frustration translated to me, the reader/listener. And, it is a similar theme to Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion, another book called The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz, and Science Set Free by Rupert Sheldrake.
The experiences the DMT injected volunteers related upon "return" were interesting. I had heard descriptions before of some of the entities, but never of "spider people" - yet the day after I finished the book I saw a photograph of some ancient rock art and there was one of the entity types I had previously heard of, and which were mentioned in this book, AND there were some drawings of entities that could be called spider people.
The narrator made this book easy to listen to. And the writing was great, with a human touch and interesting personal reflections. Unlike some of the other scientifically-written Consciousness-related books I've bought I was able to finish this in 2 days, because the writing is so interesting and understandable, while other books have languished for months.
For any one interested in the "near-death experience" phenomenon, this book should be read. The author has made an attempt to systematically investigate psychedelic experiences that are mediated by DMT, a substance I personally knew nothing about before reading this book. The account of the difficulty he had getting approval for his studies, and how it affected some of his other involvements, is interesting, as well. Not having a strong neurochemical information background, I found it difficult to evaluate some of the information he presented, but I do think the book is well written and provokes questions and desire for more research on the part of the reader.
I am not aware of many other books that purport to study psychedelic phenomena, at least in current times. This book is certainly more research based than most of the books I have read about altered states of consciousness.
He treated the content with respect and thus supported the overall tone and nature of the book--that is, businesslike, but with appropriate emphasis, even on the personal material.
Not necessarily, but it did hold my interest and there was a definite desire to finish it. HIs organization was logical and also showed a clear progression to the core of the results he found
This is a book that chronicles a more reasoned approach to altered states of consciousness than many of the other literature out there on this subject. He does a good job of labeling his biases when they come into play
I am an infomaniac...seeking insight, clarity & understanding...
I'm one of few fortunate to have experienced DMT and found this book fascinating... put simply, this experience was a zillion times beyond all experiences I've ever had (as I tell friends....combined!)...and I've explored oooodles of biochemical modulations...as an infomaniac, DMT spoke deeply and profoundly
I've attempted to understand and peered through many doorways...and the importance of the insights conveyed here...everyone should take the time to understand.
The experience of immersion into the electrical field of reality is the most profound experience of my 64 years of life. Rick sadly lays out our society's ignorant and unfortunate neglect of magical compounds nature avails us. I've often wondered how different the world would be if these doorways were explored by humans everywhere...
Reality is a trip and our vision is so cloudy...
I never read the print version.
The journeys that the participants went on is fascinating. It is an amazing study
This book provides valuable insight into the studies of DMT and gives readers a chance to experience a realm we have early understandings of.
I love the stories of the high-dose test subjects, very interesting stuff going on there...
Well, the author's role: Dr. Rick StrassmanI think Arthur Morey did a great job conveying the emotions of Dr. Strassman.
It's pretty long, so one sitting would be tough. Let's say my interest never wavered.
I definitely recommend this book for anyone who's interested in the topic!
Dr. Strassman is incredibly objective in his approach to DMT. There are times when I would have thought his own personal desire for data to reflect a certain outcome would have clouded his approach, but it certainly didn't.
No... It was packed with so much to ponder that it would have been difficult to listen to all in one listening
There are some parts of the book that are overly detailed and tend to be redundant, such as when he is explaining his challenges getting FDA approval for testing. The book could have been shortened quite a bit, butt it was a fantastic book none the less.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
Books of this sort are always a risk but this was done with great professionalism and well written as well.
Its a fascinating group of stories, including the lengthy story of how he finally got to do this dicey research in the first place
I'm fascinated by what this recent explosion of research into various psychedelia, (including ayawaska) are finding.
I find it all enormously fascinating .I would bet that this is the Best book of its kind on the subject.. Fine narration and credit worthy.
I am a male in my early 50's. At this point I only listen to non-fiction audiobooks, primarily those dealing with spirituality and self-improvement. Audiobooks have had a huge positive influence in my life over the past year!
I purchased this book with the expectation that I would be exposed to a work focused on the experiences of those participating in the Doctor's study.
While there certainly is some of that, the book goes into great detail about the science behind how the drug works and the logistics involved in setting up the study. This type of material might be interesting to some but it's not my cup of tea. Finishing the book become a chore.
A high point for me: I was intrigued by the author's comments on alien abductions and how that phenomenon may be related to DMT.
The story of the research done by Rick Strassman and the implications are nothing less than some of the most Humanly relevant ideas that I have ever heard in my life. I recomend this book to anyone that has any interest in religion or neurobiology.
"Open your mind!"
Whilst the first half of this audio was a little technical and dry, the sound basis for the trials and research described become necessary to understand the book.
An outstanding and brave work, which describes and theorises on altered states, and demands the readers open minded thought.
Strange though, that no comparisons to Robert Munroes "Journeys out of the body" were included. Some of the descriptions and conclusions came rather close to it, I felt.
An excellent audio book for the Psychonaut or the curious.
"Scientific and spiritual"
I chose this book based on my interest in reincarnation and out of body experiences, so I found the start of the text frustrating, with its emphasis on scientific methodology related to the experiments. It was certainly interesting and enjoyable to listen to, with a variety of fascinating reports of the experiences of the participants in the DMT study and hypotheses by Strassman about what these experiences could mean. The reflections on a variety of hallucinogenic drugs and narration about the frustrations by the writer with gaining permission to run the study were of less interest to me, but it was worthwhile to find out about these alongside the possible experiences beyond this life and state of being.
"read this! if you cant read then listen"
it will change your life and perceptions, watch the documentary. and explore your human consciousness in this dimensions and many others =] x
"Intriguing, informative, transformational.."
Compelling account of an astonishingly significant and innovative research project touching on the nature of consciousness and reality. Leaves a profound and lasting impression. So glad I listened to this.
"Mind-blowing and thought provoking."
I would most defiantly recommend this book its so ground braking and ask so many intriguing questions I really think people should know about the work done by Rick Strassman.
This is an excellent book with a really good narrator the experiments done, here are so thought provoking and exciting and so potentially profound it really boggles your brain to think about this stuff.
"When a medical doctor, specialised in mental healt"
When a medical doctor, specialised in mental health, starts talking about aliens, spirits and enlightenment, it's time to get his own mental health examined.
If you like your science books to be objective and based on hard science rather than some belief system, then this book would greatly disappoint you. The author makes some wild speculations with no evidence whatsoever.
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